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Hexham and Ayr

SEVEN EYE BRIDGE, pictured on the gallops above, heads to the opener at Hexham, he’s a horse we bought from the point-to-point field in Ireland last year. He will want further in time but with this extra meeting being put on and soft ground, we thought this would be a good starting point from him.

He’s very straightforward so even though we have it in our minds he’ll want further it wouldn’t surprise anyone here if he puts up a nice effort.

My uncle James has bought him so it’s great to have him back in the yard a few years on from Purcell’s Bridge winning races. He’s a nice, solid horse for him and hopefully we’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

On Monday WILD POLLY (12.30) will travel to Ayr and we are excited to get her going. We took her down to Sedgefield and felt she’d have a big chance that day but we were not happy with the ground so decided to wait for this to come around. She will enjoy the soft conditions on the west coast of Scotland so this will be the ideal place for her season to start.

Her run at Doncaster in February was excellent and the second horse that day has done well again at Carlisle since, so we hope to be going there with a big chance.

DO NOT DISTURB (1.40) will make his debut over fences in the novice handicap and I can’t wait to see him chasing. He’s schooled really well at home, he’s pleased us in everything he’s done so I’d like to think that will translate onto the track now.

Here is a video of him in the lead working a few days ago...

ESPOIR MORIVIERE (3.25) was our final winner of last season back in March just days before the lockdown happened. He won well at Wetherby that day and has gone up four pounds for it, but he’s improving and could run a big race again. PERMISSION GRANTED also goes in the same race and we're hoping he'll kick on from his last run at Hexham a few weeks back.

At Kelso today Trooper Turnbull showed us he's got all the ability we thought he had by just being beaten a short head in the maiden hurdle against a race-fit rival. Drawing well clear of the third, this was a performance full of potential and we can't wait to get him back on the track with this under his belt. Style Nelson was just a bit too green at times but stayed on well to finish fourth, while the Definite Wisdom we didn't want to see turned up so was a real disappointment and we'll look at headgear for him next time.

Vintage Glen ran a decent race for his first chase and gives us something to build on next time, while Final Fling produced a cracker on his comeback run for the season finishing fourth. He will kick on from this.


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